IVF – Part 2 – Egg Retrival & Implantation

When starting the IVF process, you will be placed on hormones for 1 to 2 weeks.  During which time you may experience hot flashes, bouts of rage or sadness and an overall out-of-place feeling.  This will subside once the hormone medication is stopped an your eggs are retrieved.


Retrieval Day

Relax and enjoy the ride, it will be a hectic day!  The best thing you can do before the procedure is take it easy and ensure yourself that everything will go smoothly.  In our case, nine eggs had matured and were retrieved.   General anesthesia is used and is the main hurdle to overcome.   You will feel extremely nauseous for one to two hours after the egg retrieval.  This is completely normal.  Your doctor will require that you have someone drive you to and from the hospital or doctors office.   Next step, embryo implantation.



What’s involved with IVF

Deciding to have in vitro fertilization is something not to go into lightly. Couples thinking about having IVF should first prepare themselves for a roller-coaster ride of emotions, as well as expenses.

IVF is an expensive procedure, with costs ranging between $15,000 to 30,000 in most parts of the United States. Pricing depends on the different options you may need or may be recommended to you by your fertility specialist. Some additional options that you may want to think about are: genetic screening, how aggressive you want to be with the hormonal therapy, and assisted hatching.

The initial medications involved include Lupron, Progesterone patches, Bravelle and HCG. These are strong hormonal medications and can be taxing on the body as well as the mind.  A combination of these medications will heighten any emotion you feel.   Times that  you feel slightly annoyed or angered will be amplified and become severe anxiety and rage. Continue reading What’s involved with IVF

Trying to get Pregnant after 35

As the saying goes, when you least expect it, it happens.

As you get older, this is not the case when trying to get pregnant.  My wife and I are in a mid-thirties and thought it was time for us to start a family.

We were frustrated, scared and could not understand why it wasn’t working for us.

After a year without success, we consulted the help of a fertility specialist.  He told us that as people age, the ability to conceive declines rapidly.  In addition, we were both smokers, did exercise and had unhealthy diets.   We were also told that after age 35 the probability to conceive naturally is less than 5%.

Some reasons for difficulty to conceive as we age are: Continue reading Trying to get Pregnant after 35